Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New California Organic Seed Network

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is undertaking a California-wide project to help organic specialty seed producers improve their production practices, market access, and the supply of seed adapted to organic growing systems.
The program will:
  •       Create face-to-face networking opportunities for seed producers and buyers
  •       Develop a web database to allow buyers to communicate their needs and producers to share records on seed inventory, pricing, crop yields, and trial and breeding results
  •       Produce and distribute marketing materials to promote the value of California organic specialty seed 
  •      Support the development of five regional seed hubs across the state 

Current and aspiring seed producers are encouraged to connect with their regional hubs to:
·      Attend regional seed production workshops and field days
·      Apply for scholarships to attend a three-day Seed Biology, Production and Quality course and a five-day Seed Business 101 horticulture course at University of California- Davis
·      Access specialty seed production equipment through tool sharing hubs (each hub will determine its equipment needs)
Contacts for Regional Seed Networks

South Coast                             Rick Machado, farmrik@gmail.com (San Diego)
Bay Area                                Steve Peters, stevegrows@gmail.com (San Matteo)
Sierras/Sacramento              Rowen White, rowen@sierraseeds.org (Nevada City)
Northwest                              Jared Zystro, jared@seedalliance.org (Arcata)
Northeast                                Leyla Cabugos, leyla@seedalliance.org (Chico)  or
                                               Kalan Redwood, info@redwoodseeds.net (Manton

The California network of regional Seed Hubs is coordinated by Organic Seed Alliance and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through Grant 15-SCBGP-CA-0046. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. 


For more information, please contact Jared Zystro at jared@seedalliance.org or Leyla Cabugos at leyla@seedalliance.org.